May 16 - 29, 2015

Co-Sponsored with the University of Georgia's Catholic Center
and the Central Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

Leaders: Ilise Benshushan Cohen & Julie Norman


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The United States has been the most dominant international player in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  This delegation will examine the historic and current role of U.S. government and civil society intervention in the region. The delegation will meet with Palestinian and Israeli civil society leaders, activists and experts who will discuss the role of U.S. military, humanitarian and diplomatic aid, as well as its legal implications. 

*As with all IFPB themed delegations, meetings pertaining to the specific theme amount to an average of about 20% of all meetings and the overall emphasis remains with exploring the social and political realities in the region in general.

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DEADLINE TO APPLY: Please apply by February 15, 2015 to ensure we’ll have space and be able to arrange your flight.  Our last several delegations have filled up several months before departure, so please apply as soon as possible to reserve your space.  If you’ve missed the deadline, we might still be able to add you, but please contact us ASAP to see if this is a possibility.

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Ilise Benshushan Cohen is a scholar-activist and has her Ph.D. in Social/Cultural Anthropology focused on Israeli Mizrahi Jewish experiences of war and eviction in 2006/2007. A Sephardic Atlanta native, she has lived and worked in Israel with Jews and Palestinians.  Ilise also directed AFSC’s Southeast Middle East Program, is on the Interfaith Peace-Builders board, and is founder/coordinator of the Jewish Voice for Peace-Atlanta chapter.  Ilise also teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Judaism, international policy, identity & diversity, and Hebrew and mentors young Jews.  She lives in Atlanta with her family and has led many delegations to Palestine/Israel.

Julie Norman is a professor of political science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has extensive experience in the areas of human rights & nonviolence in Israel-Palestine, and she has worked as a community media trainer with refugee youth in the West Bank & Jerusalem. She is the author of Civil Resistance: The Second Palestinian Intifada (Routledge 2010), & she is the co-editor (with Maia Carter Hallward) of Nonviolent Resistance in the Second Intifada: Activism and Advocacy (Palgrave 2011) & Understanding Nonviolence (Polity 2015). She has a PhD in International Relations from American University.


The cost of the delegation will be around $2400. This includes 13 days of the delegation, hotel and home stay accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, local transportation, guides, speaker/event fees, basic tips and gratuities. Partial scholarships may be available for those with demonstrable need.

The cost does not include domestic and international airfare. Interfaith Peace-Builders works with a local travel agent in Jerusalem to secure the best group rates for the delegation to travel together on the same flight from Washington, DC to Israel/Palestine. Therefore, delegates do not need to book their own international airfare.


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